Who put the ‘Dogs out? JV ‘Stangs, that’s who!
The rain put a stop to the contest between the Jasper Bulldogs and the WO-S Mustangs Friday night but “Snow” put a stop to the JV Jasper Bulldogs on Thursday. The JV Mustangs beat Jasper, 28-6, with three of the four touchdowns being scored by junior Michael Snow. Snow’s first touchdown, his only offensive one, came off of a 42-yard pass from quarterback Jack Dallas. His second touchdown was a “scoop and score” off of a blocked punt by teammate Dee Wolfford. And his last touchdown, scored with 2:05 left in the game, was an interception that he ran back 30-yards for the score.
JV teammate David Webb scored the last touchdown in the last minute of the game on a 10 yard touchdown run, after JaQuarius Garrick intercepted the Jasper ball to give the Mustangs excellent field position. Webb and Quinton Chargois both had two point conversions. Other offensive standouts were Dallas and wide receiver Aric Cormier. Defensive standouts were Wolfford with a blocked punt and fumble recovery, Justin Brown, and Garrick, Snow and Malachi Hodge, all with interceptions.
The freshmen team also won, beating Jasper 14-8. Scoring for the freshmen team was KJ Miller on a 49 yard touchdown reception form Malik Phillips, and Jaylin Matthews on a 38-yard Phillips pass. BB Tezeno scored the two point conversion. Outstanding offensive players were Teron Brown, Ryan Ragsdale, Phillips, Matthews and Miller. Defensive players who were standouts were Keoin Hancock, Teron Brown, Trey Guillory, Mikey Gobert and Jalen Powdrill. Both teams will play at home again Thursday night against the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns.
For the varsity team, the game plan is the same as the one for Jasper as they prepare to line up against Hamshire-Fannett Friday night at 7 pm in the first district contest.
“Every team in our district for the first time in a long time is starting district with a winning record, except Bridge City,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “Our district is bigger and tougher than it has been in the past. Although we are picked to be second in our district, the district championship still runs through West Orange-Stark. We will play one game at a time and take care of our business weakly.”
The Longhorns have posted wins over Splendora (32-14) and Anahuac (42-30) and lost in week two to East Chambers (27-23). Their game against Liberty was cancelled this past Friday due to weather. They are led by quarterback Kendrick King, who was voted as newcomer of the year for district 21-3A last year as a freshman. King leads the district in rushes, going 314 yards and crossing the goal line four times.
“We’ll have to do something about him,” Thompson said. “He is the hub of the wheel and can make a good play out of a bad one. We will have to contain him.”
Other Longhorns to watch are receiver Ryan Johnson and Alexander Bell, Jr. Johnson has six catches for 61 yards and one touchdown.
“This is Hamshire-Fannett’s second year with Coach Harris and his off-season program and his team is much improved,” Thompson said. “Much better than I actually anticipated. The district this year will be much better than in the past because it is more balanced.”
The Mustang “Chain Gang” Defense is still looking for the right chemistry. Some positions are still seeing new faces while several have gotten some experience in their spots.
“We’re still looking for the top eleven to perform on defense,” Thompson said.
The offense has put up some good numbers with quarterbacks Chase Rutledge and Dillon Sterling-Cole sharing the duties. Sterling-Cole has completed 19 of 37 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns while Rutledge has 15 completions for 163 yards and has 34 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Chris James is second in the district with rushing yards behind HF’s King with 303 yards and one touchdown. WO-S leading receiver is Dwain Boullard who has 8 catches for 111 yards and one touchdown.
The Mustangs will face the Longhorns in Fannett Friday night at 7 with tickets only being sold at the gate. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.